Bitesnap

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Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
Hi, I’m one of the founders of Bitesnap, a photo food journal and I’m excited to share our app with the Product Hunt Community. In Bitesnap logging a meal only takes a photo. The app recognizes foods in the image and automatically calculates calories and nutrients for the meal. We recognize over 1,300 types food and drink items out of the box, but we also learn to recognize the specific meals you eat regularly, even if they’re complex or unusual. These meals can be added to your log with just one tap. We’ve built Bitesnap from the ground up around photos. This lets us make input faster compared to other apps by skipping the text search step and recognize entire meals at once rather than one ingredient at a time. It also allows us to provide an Instagram-style feed of your meals that increases mindfulness and provides context about what, where, and why you ate. We have more on why we built in a blog post, https://blog.getbitesnap.com/int.... We are just getting started and would love to hear your feedback and thoughts!
Kevin Leneway@kleneway · CTO / Co-Founder, Haiku Deck
@vinayan3 This is such a smart and impactful idea. I really hope this takes off, the potential health benefits of technology like this are huge.
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@kleneway Thanks, Kevin! Please let us know if you have any feedback.
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@klenway. Opps wrong comment thread.
Jose Pita@dvpita · automation tester
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Vikrant Ramteke@vickyteke · Founder: Flutterbud.com, Totspot.me.
@vinayan3 I always thought why isn't there such a product that calculates calories just by looking at the food picture. This looks awesome!
Neal Shah@neal_shah
Been using this app today. Its been really great at recognizing the random food I make myself (greek yogurt with honey and granola. Sandwich I had for lunch). Makes logging faster than some of the other apps I've used in the past. It would be great if I could scan barcodes as well for the packaged food I eat. Will this feature be added at some point?
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@neal_shah Yeah we are planning to add barcode support in the next few weeks. So hang in there it's coming!
Nik@nemtrd · Creator of Kar Page
Would be great if you add the ability to count my macros! If I can set a goal of how many grams of protein, carbs and fat I want to eat per day, so it updates as I snap my meals! Best Nik
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@nemtrd Thanks for trying the app. If you log a full meal the macro card will show up. The card is clickable and will allow you to customize it. If you have any suggestions on making this more discoverable, please let us know!
Brendon Rell@brendonrell · Founder at Barter Market
The app itself is really impressive. I'm a MFP user and the exact type of person looking for this kind of tool - unfortunately the lack of Apple Health integration on iOS is a deal breaker for me, as the data isn't very useful stuck inside any one app. In the health space integrations are huge because it always involves aggregating data from different tracking sources. I do love the design of this though, and the onboarding experience was really nice. Good luck!
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@brendonto Apple Health and Google Fit integrations are one of the things we’re working on right now. Hopefully, we’ll be able to roll them out soon. We wanted to get Bitesnap out there as soon as we could in order to get feedback, even if some features are missing. Thanks for trying it out!
Brendon Rell@brendonrell · Founder at Barter Market
@vinayan3 Totally understandable - just launching is a huge deal, and the product is really polished, which isn't always the case with new apps! I would say though, that converting people who are already serious about tracking their calories/macros (which I assume is almost 100% of your target demographic) will be really tough without those integrations. There are many people like me who will use this as their first impression of the app, use it once, note the missing Health data, and then delete it. Even if Apple Health/Google Fit integrations show up later, you've already lost me as a user and I'm unlikely to come back, even with a "Bitesnap 2.0" launch on PH. On iOS, Health integration at this point is the required starting point, not a 'nice-to-have feature', in my opinion. My advice would be to 'un-launch' as much as possible until those basic integrations are working well, as you'll only have one first impression to make with prospective users/power users. All the best!
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@brendonto Thanks for the feedback. We are planning to get the integration out in the next week. We really hope that you will give us another try.
Ari Lewis@amlewis4 · Investor
@vinayan3 @brendonto I totally disagree with this. I am pretty serious about calorie tracking and currently use pen and paper, but am switching to try your app. I wasn't a fan of MFP and tried Fitbit's calorie tracker. For many techies, Google Fit/Apple Health is important, but for the non-tech crowd who might use pen/paper or MFP, I totally see this gaining traction. I also see you attracting people who want to track calories or guess at tracking and convert them.
Brendon Rell@brendonrell · Founder at Barter Market
@amlewis4 totally fair points, I was thinking more from an early-adopter perspective. There are a ton of people who *want* to consistently track these things, but most fall off regardless of the tool. Those who might consistently use this app are likely going to want their macro data to keep being fed into Health/Fit the way it currently is with MFP, Lifesum et al. Still, I can respect the pen and paper approach!
Nick Haase@nickatloot · Co-founder, Startup Drugz
I've been using MyFitnessPal for he past few weeks and am super excited someone has built this evolved state. This looks super promising but without the depth of catalog of food items, it's hard to justify a full switch. Several apps have tried to challenge MFP and come up short for that reason. I look forward to watching how your team strategizes around that issue and hope to switch over soon :)
Vinay AnantharamanMaker@vinayan3 · Software Engineer
@nickatloot Thanks! Increasing the size of our database is a top priority for us, but we also want to maintain a high level of data quality and organization. Keeping things organized has been important so far to simplifying the user experience. For instance, if we detect that someone ate a sandwich we also give them the option to add cheese or mayo which may not be visible in the photo. We think this understanding of how foods and ingredients relate to each other can be a big win. Our initial strategy was to cover the most commonly-eaten items -- our database was seeded from a survey containing everything eaten by a group of around 10,000 people over a 2-day period. And we’re planning on bringing in another 75,000 more items in the next few weeks.